Trail to 1000 Miles: Pike Lake

 

PART 5 - PIKE LAKE

Another segment of the Ice Age Trail down! This time, Pike Lake. I’ve hiked the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest before, but never on the IAT. I was pleasantly surprised! This segment is beautiful. I highly recommend checking it out at golden hour - the glow was bonkers.

There were quite a few hills on this segment, so something to watch out for if that bothers you. Otherwise, it was pretty flat and manageable. Overall, a great experience.

IAT PIKE LAKE SEGMENT

3.3 miles
Washington/Ozaukee Chapter
“Pike Lake is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Slinger, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.”

WHAT I LIKED:

  • We went during golden hour and the glow of the forest was so, so lovely.

  • This trail was decently trafficked, but it was just quiet enough that we actually saw three deer along the way.

  • Overall, this trail was wonderful. Probably my favorite of the IAT so far. It was well-marked despite intersecting with other trails, it was clean, the trees and flowers and ferns were a-plenty, and everyone on the trail was friendly.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • There was this weird offshoot of the trail that we thought was heading to the campsites. It wasn’t. It was poorly marked, and the marking didn’t make any sense. It looked like a man grilling or maybe using a solar panel. If you know what this means, please let me know.